Sailing toward dawn, and I was perched atop the crow’s nest, being the ship’s eyes. We were two nights out of Sydney, and there’d been no weather to speak of . : Kenneth Oppel – Airborn Trilogy: Airborn, Skybreaker, Starclimber ( Matt Cruse) (): Kenneth Oppel, David Kelly, The Full Cast. Airborn by Kenneth Oppel – review. ‘The whole book is action-packed, involving clashes with air pirates and daring escapes from perilous.

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Airborn (Matt Cruse, #1) by Kenneth Oppel

He didn’t know a lot he knew everything out there about airships. But, for me, this is definitely one of my all-time favorites. Lost is a about survivors of a plane crash ippel get stranded on a mysterious island. It’s never even clear what year the story takes place in, and the strange oppsl of opppel there are airships and heavier-than-air ornithopters but weapons seem to be largely antiquated blunderbusses a Airborn follows the adventures of Matt Cruse, a cabin boy aboard the airship Aurora, a luxury liner in an alternate world where Jules Verne’s dreams but not his nightmares basically came true.

And yes, sometimes I do get overly passionate about characters and so hopefully this review isn’t too obnoxious, in and of itself. I really don’t care for first person books, because it gets really old after a while.

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel – review

Also, Leviathan is loads better. Retrieved 9 January A page book without padding! And why in the world did he want to go to the air academy, when it would just get him to beginning sail master, a position the captain had already promised him if there was an opening And in the end whatshisname died, and there was an opening So it really kennetu add up there.

I found that this really gave an insight into how he sees the world, and how he feels.

The pages may seem formidable for some readers, but the fast pace and the nearly constant action will make this a quick read. Return to Book Page. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Megan McMillen Sounds like someone is trying to cheat on their homework! Matt’s innate knowledge of the flight system allows them to temporarily take control and steer the ship away from the island. I heard about this company because mateys of mine worked as voice actors for the company.


This aside, the story is very sweet, very innocent, and, in my opinion, a wonderful, great, fantastic story!

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It was an engaging and quick read. But, there are obvious deaths, some of which might be unnerving for young, airborh readers. May Learn how and when to remove this template message. Writing was good and it had some nice imagery. In fact, I think the setting makes the book that much better.

Lists with This Book. Kate is a fast talking, intelligent young woman, who might be a little bit too head strong at times occasionally risking not only kenheth safety but that of Matt as well without thinking of the consequences.

Jul 18, Kathryn rated it it was amazing. I started out writing sci-fi epics my Star Wars phase then went on to swords and sorcery tales my Dungeons and Dragons phase and then, during the summer holiday when I was fourteen, started on a humorous story about a boy addicted to video games written, of course, during my video game phase. They are able to undo the landing lines and cause the ship to take off.

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Although the idea of a poor boy versus rich girl has been used numerous times, these two do not bore. Kate is following the footsteps of her grandfather alrborn perished briefly after being rescued by the Aurora a year previously a rescue in which Matt played a key part. Kate’s plans to begin her zoology studies at a university.

Her response to Matt mentioning that he hasn’t the money to get officer training can be summed up as, “Well, just get a scholarship! Seldom do I come across a title that has a kemneth plot, a great writing style, and wonderful characters that are multi-dimensional, real, and vivid. I stared out at the storm. This page was last edited on 14 Decemberat I wouldn’t assume girls wouldn’t like this one. This encounter sticks with Matt and he thinks of it often, wondering what it was the old man saw, until Kate de Vries arrives and turns his world upside down.


Despite loving his mother and sisters dearly, Matt is relieved to be in the air where he feels closest to his father — a former sailmaker who died in an accident aboard the Aurora. This book is similar, but has enough of its own thrills that you don’t mix them up.

Let’s start with characters, shall we? There is a lot of adventure in this book, especially at the end where it got especially exciting. I got a letter from them, saying they wanted to take me on, and try to sell my story.

I want me an airship!! But after the Aurora is attacked by pirates and left foundering after a typhoon, Matt’s cunning and ability face test after test, leaving him physically and mentally challenged.

So yeah, Kate completely ruined the book for me. Between their mutual interests, frustrations with their personal situations, and an impossible crush, Matt finds himself getting drawn repeatedly into Kate’s crazy adventures as an uneasy for Matt mix of henchman 1, useful idiot, and kennethh love interest even though they threaten to undermine his position aboard the Aurora, which he sees as his home.

Has an ‘s or maybe Edwardian feel. Young Matt Cruse works aboard the elegant passenger airship Aurorawhere his late father also worked.